Simcoe Sensation - Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by GbVDave:
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into multiple pint glasses from a 64oz growler 8/25/12. Extra special thanks to HeatherAnn and Killer for the assist. Happy Birthday Killer!
A: Pours a hazy, light honey color. A clumpy/rocky head formed on top and hung around for a good while before gradually settling down to a strong collar. Lace was plentiful, to say the least.
S: Huge nose full of Simcoe with a lightly toasted malt backbone. Simple, clean, and uncluttered.
T: See above.
M: Slick, oily hops with a nicely astringent finish.
O: Fantastic! An even more drinkable hoppy beer than their CPA. Bring this one back...seriously!
Serving type: growler
01-06-2013 17:10:02 | More by GbVDave
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3.94/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku; no bottling or freshness date that I can see on the bottle, but I picked this up out of a cooler in Michigan just a couple of days ago, so, uh . . . hey, sometimes you gotta take a leap.
Appearance (3.5): Two and a half fingers of bone-white foam caps a slightly hazy, glowing golden body with some orange tones within. Lacing is light as the beer dies down, with just a couple of thin splotches and broken collar fragments scattered around the glass. Great body, very good head, “meh” lacing.
Smell (4.25): Some slightly spicy, herbal strangeness mixed with fruit (sweet orange peel, a bit of grapefruit juice, and something more exotic like passionfruit juice), and some dank, weedy resin underscores all of the above. Just a tiiiiny bit of honeyed, biscuity malt body backs it all up.
Taste (3.75): A nice balance of hop flavor—in the form of fresh-cut grass and something herbal—and bitterness—in the form of bitter orange peel, bitter herbs, and a subtle weedy funk—jive together on top of a very light, pale, bready malt base that’s less cracker and more rustic, country bread. It’s got a decently long finish that’s dominated by that bitter orange peel, which hangs around for a while but not too long. It’s very good, but not quite excellent—a little understated for that, in my opinion.
Mouthfeel (4.25): The beer’s got a light- side of medium-weight body with a dry feel and nicely dry finish, bookending a moderate carbonation that feels soft and smooth at first, and then nicely tingling as it washes out. Exceedingly drinkable, and better than most other examples of the “session IPA” thing.
Overall (4.0): This is a really, really solid example of the session IPA subgenre (or what have you), even if this is here called an American Pale. (It does, after all, say “session IPA” on the label.) It’s got a liiittle more juicy punch than most other examples, thanks to the Simcoe—which is handled very nicely in this beer—which also makes it more approachable than most others. Definitely worth picking up, and the price works.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 02:56:32 | More by fmccormi
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours into a standard pint glass a dull golden with a thinner white head that lasts for awhile leaving a thin ring of lace behind.Aromas of pine and grapefruit with not much sweetness detected,a lighter crips malt base.One of the better flavor profiles of the style I have had to date,leafy and piney with more citric notes giving off a nice hop profile,lightly toasted grain with minimal sweetness rounds out the palate.Iam not a huge fan of the style,I guess I like getting hammered over the head with hops and bigger sweet malt bases but I do think this is a good representation of the style.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 21:39:10 | More by oberon
Simcoe Sensation from Odd Side Ales
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